8 steps to taking guilt-free holidays as a contractor

As a contractor, lots of people think you have it easy – they’re wrong. Yes, there are plenty of benefits of being a contractor employee like higher pay and more flexibility. But none of these are a given. Everything you get is based on hard work. For starters, you’ve got long hours to contend with and hard deadlines to meet. Then there’s the time you invest in maintaining a steady work flow as well as managing your owns finances and taxes. Just like everyone else, you need to recharge your batteries from time to time. Here are 8 simple steps for taking holidays as a contractor. Continue reading “8 steps to taking guilt-free holidays as a contractor”

How to maintain a healthy work-life balance

When work ramps up, managing your own time can be tricky. Amidst the hard deadlines and long hours – not to mention the endless emails and client meetings – it’s easy to neglect that one person you might regularly overlook: you. Finding the right work-life balance can help you avoid burnout and boost productivity in your role. That’s why it’s important to set aside some time to hang out with friends or to chill out at home. Here are a few ways you can give your wellbeing and, in turn, your career a boost.

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11 ways to spot a bad client (before it’s too late)

Clients are people too you know. Somewhere beneath that starched suit and industry jargon is a human being with actual feelings…just like you and me. They’re not necessarily bad people, but sometimes personalities simply don’t gel. This might lead to repercussions at work such as missed deadlines, failed targets, late payments and unnecessary levels of stress. It doesn’t have to be like this. Nip it in the bud right away, just say “no”. Here are a few ways to tell when a client might not be a good fit for you.   Continue reading “11 ways to spot a bad client (before it’s too late)”

The do’s and don’ts of building your CV and LinkedIn profile

Want to give your job search an edge? Of course, you do. Maybe it’s time to spruce up your CV and LinkedIn profile – it’s not really a case of one or the other, the pair go hand-in-hand. Most of the time you’ll be found on LinkedIn, then your CV will be read if the employer likes what they see online. So you’ll need to consider what to include and where to include it. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that can make or break your application.

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